Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fabric of the week: Satin

I dedicated one weekly fabric post to the basic weaves, including satin. Today, satin the fabric.

One mistake that is sometimes made is calling satin ‘silk.’ It certainly could be made of silk, and it has a silky feel, but all satin is not silk. (By the way, silk is relatively easy to distinguish in a burn test. There’s a burn test how-to in the VFG Fabric Resource.)

Another small issue with satin is the spelling: Satan does not get its spelling corrected, and pretty vintage ‘satan’ dresses show up regularly on eBay and Etsy!

Satin is the name of one of the basic weaves, and also a fabric made in this weave. Owing to its silk or manufactured filament yarns and its uninterrupted warp yarn face, satin is very lustrous. Satin originated in China, and takes its name from Zaytoun, now Guangzhou, in southern China. 
Uses: Apparel (particularly evening wear), lingerie, lining 
See also: Satin weave, 
Duchesse satin

Silk satin, shown close enough to see the weave
©Vintage Fashion Guild - Text by Margaret Wilds/denisebrain,  photos by Hoyt Carter 
Good examples of satin’s formality are in my shops right now, including:
50s silk satin gown by Helga
50s rayon satin strapless dress


J. MacIsaac Studios said...

I love your fabric terms of the week, it is a nice refresher from my days in college textiles class, and since I have not really used that knowledge much since then I can really use the refreshing!

denisebrain said...

Excellent...glad to help!